Hell In A Bucket, Sugaree, Minglewood Blues, Loser, Tons Of Steel, Desolation Row, Big Railroad Blues, The Music Never Stopped Touch Of Gray, Women Are Smarter, Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Space-> Truckin'-> Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: Black Muddy River
SOURCE: Pre-FM > Master Reel > Dat > Sonic Solutions > CD
September 28, 2019 Subject:
Sorry Guys, This Emperor Has No Clothes
I have to say I'm a bit surprised at the glowing reviews for this and the other uploads? smgarcia and jboyaquar have it just exactly right. This is far and away the weakest of the three nights. My only guess is that these four and five star opinions are being put up by folks who aren't very familiar with anything done in the prime 1970s or early '80s, let alone the experimental years of the 1960s? From Jerry's vocals being "challenged" after '82, this evening is a pretty good example of Jerry's poor singing.
I'd love nothing better than to give this performance four and five stars, being from the "Windy City," but I can't. I don't review these shows from sentimentality on how good a time I had, or it being my first show, etc. I do it purely on the performance of the group and the quality of the recording. After going through the entire show, I could only pull out Minglewood, Big RXR, and TMNS as keepers, allowing a custom segue mix of the two former to make a nice 19:07. Other than that, there's nothing here worth mentioning with Jerry sounding so bad.
The only other edit is adding a heavy dose of upper midrange and treble to brighten this flat pre-FM soundboard.
Come on guys. Do us all a favor and spin a few shows from the earlier years for comparing what four and five star shows really sound like. I enjoy the personal stories, but you're not doing [other?] newbies much good with uneducated and idle thoughts on the music. If it wasn't for the three aforementioned songs that were thoroughly enjoyable, this show would have gotten one star.
August 19, 2019 Subject:
Note: SiriusXM played this show on August 18th, 2019. The quality on the XM broadcast was FAR SUPERIOR to this one. Don't know the origin of theirs but this AUD doesn't do the high quality of the original justice.
This UIC show was incredible. The whole run had a flavor.
I was in the lot for all three nights. Thought it was a two night run then I see three.
UIC is southside of Chicago. Hanging out in the lot all night brought out some interesting folks. Avoided car jacking.
Cops were using nightvision telephoto crap and would swoop in when you'd light up anything, even a cigarette. That's how I got my parking place--some dead head (tie-died) told me the previous occupant was busted anbd his car towed.
Pittsburgh shows came soon after, and the police beating up a head got major attention on MTV. Before that occured, I told some young head who was puzzled by their hatin' on 'heads: "look at that cop" who was standing in the rain. He wasn't there to make money or recognition or anything. He just did his thing. As Dylan wrote, "the cops don't need you and they expect the same." Don't muck. They in charge. Get over it.
Despite all that, I got some puffing in. And of course there was the show--the last of three of my favorites.
July 11, 2011 Subject:
this was my first show.I knew very little about the band,other than Jerry of course i thought bobby was Robert hunter, shows you what i knew.I did not realize that the keyboard player and i share the same name.while walking into the venue i see a guy with a " TONS OF BRENT" sticker.i stop to question this,he fills me in (gives me a clue) and says " bet they play it tonite and hands me the sticker.By the time they started to play it i knew i belonged,great sound,great crowd,GRATEFUL DAYS inbetween
August 31, 2010 Subject:
The "El" shows
These were the first shows I took my fiance to (now my wife of 22 years) . We rode the "El" around Chicago for 3 days living in a dream. Not the greatest shows ever in the history of the Dead, but they were starting to get their groove back after a rather rocky '86. I'll never forget these. This one was broadcast on the radio and has that radio show set list. I'll never forget these shows.
April 26, 2010 Subject:
This is a keeper. Nice sound quality too. I was going to rate it three stars but Desolation Row puts it up to four for me.
May 30, 2007 Subject:
Lost Truck - well not completely
Relatively small space of 11,000 at UIC with some of the biggest energy I've ever felt over any set of nights I'd experienced... By no means an Alpine Experience... But again alot of energy in that smallish room... I went 'DARK' this night during Space... Tequila and Mushrooms for 3days not the best diet afterall... Caught up with Me during a space that surely took Me there... Missed Truckin. But with some help from friends in the row behind Me I was quick to regain My equilibrium, and back on My feet, reasurring those friends I'm ok... It's Wharf Rat !,,, The to see My friend Bucko coming down the aisle with the rescue folk and their gear only for them to see Me dancin'... And Me grabbin' Bucko by the shirt screaming... "Were's My f'n Glasses ?!"... This was a live simulcast on WXRT in Chicago... I had My Sansui Tape 2 Tape loaded and timed for it to record... When I got home that night ?... I got to hear My 'Truckin'...
April 11, 2007 Subject:
the boys just keep a-rollin'
man! ive been listening to every show of the 1987 tour in chronological order, one show a day, on the actually date....
and man! this 87 run has some really, really killer moments. jerry is on fire, recovered from downfall of 86, and the boys are totally running with it. yes, this show is a little mellow, but just wait till we get to Irvine! woooohooooo west coast or bust! see yall later. whos got my extra ticket?!
April 11, 2007 Subject:
Love these guys
I find it very hard to criticize any Dead shows. The further we go, the further the shows take me. A bad night is better than none. By the way, I give this show a 5. Desolation Row makes any show a 5 star.
November 19, 2006 Subject:
OK, I've been reading several of your reviews, and just about every single one are between 2.25 - 3.75 stars. First, WTF with these partial stars. You have to grade 1-5 stars buddy. Second, your reviews are more a grammatical mystery than a helpful review. You sit at work, don't pay much attention to the music, go from one song to another every 30 seconds to "try to get the song vibe" and then you write these sterile reviews. You wouldn't know a well played Iko Iko if it came by and stuck itself up your ass.
1 star for your reviews, and unfortunately this concert will bear the brunt of the criticism towards your reviews.
November 5, 2005 Subject:
First Chicagoland shows
It's strange how much this show did not sound like the FM radio broadcast. It was rainy overcast day in Chicago and the parking lot scene was very very subdued. Alot of people chillin' in their automobiles. Great warm sound that night. It didnt sound as dry as the FM. I turned my friend on to these run of shows and we where totally 'Jelled' that evening.I immediatly had a huge appetite...a good sign. We liked the lst night the best. We had a boom-box plugged into the cigareete lighter in my friends station wagen right on the edge of the parking lot closest to the UIC pavillion. Bob Weir waved to me that day as he was walking into the back door coming out of a van with a beautiful blond haired woman. People said he was dating a local Chicago anchor woman who worked for a network. The cops had the parking lot spied out from a building,some people got busted..downer.We got invited to attend a free meal and Hare Krishna seminar but we declined.Playing is a strong 3 and 4 for quality. I've got my fingers crossed for SBD's from the lst two nights!
July 9, 2005 Subject:
This was a fun concert. I considered it the Grateful Dead pop show - high energy, not a lot of jamming, but solid performances nonetheless. The 1st set highlights for me are definitely Loser and Big RR Blues. The Bucket-Sugaree opener is also well done. Comparing versions to others from 1987, many of these performances stand out, including the Touch of Grey, Terrapin, Wharf Rat, Throwin' Stones, and NFA - even with the bop, bop.
A whole crew of friends from high school came down from Milwaukee for this run, and this was our last hoorah together - this was a very danceable show (and still is).
June 9, 2005 Subject:
You'll find better on the first two days of the run.
1st Set: We're going to hear the rest of "In the Dark" tonight, so it's no surprise that we open with an average "Hell." Jerry's leading the charge on a fluid "Sugaree," but the energy gauge is only at a '7.' Somewhat non-existant groove intro for "Minglewood" but it still is better than the label, 'good ol' GD.' Yes, it's been awhile since I felt a "Loser." Well-played if not soul-shaking. Finally, "Tons..." Skip. "Desolation" is nicely told, rather mellow vibes coming from the band which makes the label 'good ol' GD' not insulting when they step into an easy going, intricate playing "Big Railroad." The crowd's clapping, but the band negligently responds with a barely adequate "Music" to stuntingly close out the set.
2nd Set: Tho it's been played since Fall '82, we can't neglect playing "Touch" in every city we stop in. SAdly enough, the same could be said for another '82 introductee, "Man Smart." Thank goodness the latter has some life to it. "Terrapin" is decent, showing signs that tonight's band can still manufacture a glimpse of raw power. "Drums" is standard, but "Space" reaches the outer limits of my cerebellum. Some very cool arrangements. "Truckin" starts out meekly, finshes decently tho with no outro jam. Sensing that the band's running out of steam, "Wharf" makes a nice resting spot. Brent adds some gorgeously lilting harmonies. The predictable twosome emerge as standard of their respective fold, tho "NFA" feels more urgent tonight than its last couple of appearances. Yummy, this tape provides the audience clap-along in between the 2nd and the Encore. Wait, the boys are back and help the crowd along with their singalong.
"Black" makes the fifth "In the Dark" selection of the evening, thereby completing the Full Album's contents for this hot 'Second City' crowd. I swear I have no clue when I make these 'setlist' prognostications.
A decent gig, but the least impressive of the three night stand. Put together pieces of 4/9& 4/10 and you have a show worthy of 4 1/4 stars. (which would be my highest rating on this site, so far.) So long :)
April 12, 2005 Subject:
Sounds like a party
Solid late 80's dead. Everyone's on here. Sound is top notch. I'm having an even harder than usual time staying still while tethered to my computer.
You can hear the synergy between the band and the crowd. Close your eyes and smell the smells, see the sights and hear the music. Enjoy this one.
And, thanks Archive.
October 25, 2004 Subject:
gotta love desolation row!
nice three night run here, check it out.
October 21, 2004 Subject:
Viva la Internet archive.org & the Dead!!!
This show is very NICE!!!! Everything is sweet!! It was featured on GDH 565-566. I saw some radio organization in England passing this show through the web as a 'promo CD' to raise funds for some cause for 54.99 pounds/sterlings per CD.(Whatever that's worth? I have no idea!) Anyway, Download and enjoy for FREE! Thank you, 'Internet Archive.org' et al.!!!
August 27, 2004 Subject:
Stellar versions of Sugaree, Terrapin, Throwing Stones, to name a few, sound quality is quite enjoyable, and the band is at the top of their form, Jerry is playing like there's no tomorrow. Highly recommended!